Open Work Permits and Extensions Now Available for PGWP Holders

Earlier in the year, the IRCC announced future plans to help PGWP holders retain legal status in Canada who may have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many temporary residents rely on the Post-Graduate Work Permit to help them stay in Canada after graduating but with immigration slowing down over the past two years, this has made it difficult.

Those who have graduated from a Canadian-recognized learning institution and are seeking a PGWP are the most common CEC applicants. This is an open work permit that allows graduates to work in Canada for one year before applying for Canada PR. These candidates now have the option to extend their PGWP status or apply for an open work permit!

What is a Post-Graduate Work Permit?

The popular PGWP has been a go-to immigration status for many graduates who came from abroad to study in Canada and now want to stay longer. This work permit is essentially the gateway to permanent residency for international students in Canada and many count on it to make their migration dreams come true! As you may already know, the Post-Graduate Work Permit is a one-and-done status, and extending your status is not possible…until now!

PGWP Holders Can Now Extend Status or Apply for Open Work Permit

This policy change will be affecting those whose PGWP status has or will expire between September 20, 2021, and December 31, 2022. This change was announced to be coming in April 2022 but was delayed due to technical issues. Now we have the instructions on how to apply for an open work permit or extend your status as a PGWP holder!

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